'If we're near them we'll be right amongst it' - City star aims to keep Wolves in his sights

PUBLISHED: 01:42 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 01:42 01 November 2017

Angus Gunn denies Ruben Neves in the first half at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Angus Gunn denies Ruben Neves in the first half at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Angus Gunn hopes Norwich City can hang on to the coattails of Wolverhampton Wanderers, to preserve their own EFL Championship promotion hopes.

John Ruddy sends the ball clear for Wolverhampton Wanderers at his old Norwich City stomping ground, Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesJohn Ruddy sends the ball clear for Wolverhampton Wanderers at his old Norwich City stomping ground, Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The Canaries were thoroughly second best to the second-tier leaders at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, following on from a disappointing home loss to fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County on Saturday.

But while a few old issues have come back to haunt City in their last two home outings, Gunn remains optimistic over their hopes for the rest of the campaign.

“Possibly this shows where we are but if you look at the other games we’ve won away from home, we beat Middlesbrough and times like Reading and Sheffield United who are up there as well,” said City’s young keeper, on loan from Manchester City.

“I think this league is a tough league and every game you face different opponents with different qualities. Against Wolves and on Saturday, we faced strong teams and hopefully we can bounce back at Bolton and get three points.

John Ruddy and Angus Gunn take to the pitch for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City respectively. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesJohn Ruddy and Angus Gunn take to the pitch for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City respectively. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

“I don think they (Wolves) will be up there, yes. They’ve got great quality even off the bench, they’re a very dangerous side – but you never know in this division, so we’ll see at the end of the season.

“But hopefully we’ll be near them and I think if we are, we’ll be right amongst it.”

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As for the game, City’s relatively good defensive work in open play was rather undone by two sloppy set-piece – but Gunn denied City had slipped from their unbeaten run a successive clean sheets throughout autumn.

“I don’t think we’ve gone backwards,” said Gunn. “In the last few games we’ve played very good sides with quality, and if you make these little mistakes you get punished.

“I think that’s probably the case in the last few games. So we need to rectify those little mistakes and try to put the ball in at the other, and keep more clean sheets again.

“Wolves were pretty good on the counter. Away from home they are very dangerous, with the speed they’ve got up front. I thought we defended them well, got quite a few good blocks in.

“But yes, you’d say the set pieces were the things that opened us up and it’s probably something we need to look at and try to rectify for the Bolton game – because every team in this division is very strong on set pieces. So we need to focus on that.”

City head to the Trotters on Saturday, giving City four days both to recover and stew over their back-to-back league defeats.

“I think quite a bit of the way that game went down to Wolves,” added Gunn. “You can see they are a real side with great individual talent. They’ve got a good way of playing.

“But I think at the same time if you look at the goals, they probably come from our doing instead of good play.

“If you look at the whole game it was pretty even, but they probably did have the better chances, better possession of the ball. So it was probably a fair result.”

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